Of data, guns, Parliament, federalism and the law

by Aaron Wherry

As Paul notes, a Quebec Superior Court judge says the Harper government must transfer long-gun registry data to the government of Quebec.

Vic Toews is displeased.

I am disappointed with today’s ruling and will thoroughly review the decision. The will of Parliament and Canadians has been clear.  We do not want any form of a wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry. The NDP has consistently said that if given the chance they would try and use this data to target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.  Our Conservative Government will continue to fight against any measures that needlessly target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.

Via Twitter, the Public Safety Minister says the “will of Canadians and Parliament must be respected.”

The NDP is decidedly more enthused about the court’s decision.

“Experts have sided with us, the police have sided with us and now it’s the Superior Court’s turn,” said New Democrat Justice critic Françoise Boivin. “Stephen Harper has to understand he cannot act alone.” 

Today’s court decision shows how the Conservative government has failed in its responsibility to protect public safety and ignored thoughtful proposals from the NDP to allow provinces to keep the data, if they wish. “The Conservatives have a decision to make: either respect the Court’s decision, or waste taxpayers’ money appealing this through the courts,” added Boivin. “New Democrats believe these records are an important public safety tool. Conservatives must stop politicizing this issue and start putting public safety first.”




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Of data, guns, Parliament, federalism and the law

  1. “The NDP has consistently said that if given the chance they would try and use this data to target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters”
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    And this man will be a judge? I scraped better stuff off of my shoes after a walk in the park.

    • That’s the quote that stood out when I read the article. Are lies like that actionable? Maybe the NDP should ask Matt Meier.

  2. The NDP are full of it. The Gun Registry has NOT help solve any crime but it sure made for some itchy police fingers on their service revolvers ( 9MM Gloc ) and has led to more false charges which is now bleeding the tax payers in litigation. Let the issue drop No Long Gun Registry and stop wasting our money

    • This is certainly a new load from the anti-gun responsiblity side.

    • Conservatives on the other hand fight vociferously to defend the privacy of gunowners, while simultaneously granting the police (and ministers of the crown and their political operatives) the right to issue warrantless electronic surveillance of all Canadians. This is sheer insanity.

    • Stand back a bit please; I’m getting soaked with spittle…

  3. I wish Ontario would get off it’s ass, and save the registry as well

  4. Did the court really cite “public safety” as the reason the gov’t had to hand over the data?

  5. I simply cannot believe that the NDP said, “that if given the chance they would try and use this data to target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.” That’s outrageous!! It’s not “try and use”, it’s “try TO use”.

    • Well… the NDP… after all, they are notoriously poor grammarians.

  6. Vic Toews says such incredibly stupid things. He expects us to believe it all. Why is this man a cabinet minister? How did he get elected? How could he possibly be considered by anyone to be a candidate for a judge on the Manitoba Supreme Court?

  7. ” needlessly target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.” — How? By making them reveal that they own weapons? Why are they ashamed of that fact? Is it because they want to conceal the fact that they own several AK-47′s?

    P.S. — the police STILL want this registry — they find it useful to know when responding to a “domestic dispute” call whether there are guns in the house that one of the combatants might be prompted to use to make their point.

    • I always figured the bigger benefit – and one that should have been talked about more – is that lots of people lose their licenses and it’s a lot easier round up their guns if we have a list of them.

      • And that right there may be the reason they are opposed to the registry.

  8. Conservatives are anti-gun in the hands of criminals.
    The Gun Registry has proven to be helpless in that regard.We had 15 lost years to show that.
    Liberals and NDP are anti-gun for everyone. This is evident in the old Gun Registry that simply was costly and inconvenient on law-abiding citizens with guns and had zero effect on criminals.
    Therefore, if you are advocating the return of the Gun Registry then you will have zero effect on criminals and will be targeting law-abiding citizens.
    That is a very logical conclusion that Vic Toews and reality-based citizens agree on.

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